Trouble with the Curve
Theatrical Release: 9/21/2012
Reviewer: Scott Rolfe
Writer: Randy Brown
Producer: Robert Lorenz
Director: Robert Lorenz
Runtime: 111 min.
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Starring: Clint Eastwood,
Gus Lobel (Clint Eastwood) has been one of the best scouts in baseball for decades, but, despite his efforts to hide it, age is starting to catch up with him. Nevertheless, Gus-who can tell a pitch just by the crack of the bat-refuses to be benched for what may be the final innings of his career. He may not have a choice. The front office of the Atlanta Braves is starting to question his judgment, especially with the country's hottest batting phenomenon on deck for the draft. The one person who might be able to help is also the one person Gus would never ask: his daughter, Mickey (Amy Adams), an associate at a high-powered Atlanta law firm whose drive and ambition has put her on the fast track to becoming partner. Against her better judgment, and over Gus's objections, Mickey joins him on his latest scouting trip to North Carolina, jeopardizing her own career to save his. Forced to spend time together for the first time in years, each makes new discoveries-revealing long-held truths about their past and present that could change their future.
When a film opens with the lead character standing in front of his toilet peeing, you know you're in trouble. Clint Eastwood plays a gruff man named Gus who has a strained relationship with his daughter Mickey. He is aging fast and losing his eye sight too. Since his job is to scout potential MLB players, seeing is a good thing. When his daughter finds out about his problem, she takes some time off work to help her dad during what could be his last assignment. Along the way, they find a common bond and she learns to open up a little and let a young man get close to her.
All of these examples sound like it could make a good family film, unresolved family issues and all. However, for some unknown reason, the filmmakers chose to give them both foul mouths. This frequently occurring tendency in today's movies makes me want to scream at the powers that be; WHAT ARE YOU THINKING??? An otherwise tender and touching movie is spoiled once again by constant foul language. This is not a family film.
Sex: A man/woman kiss passionately twice; flashback scene of a man gently touching a clothed young girl implying his intent was inappropriate.
Language: F-1; D-6; GD-5; J/JC/C-9; S-4; H-14; A-15 B/SOB-5
Violence: Man breaks beer bottle and holds the glass to another man's neck after the other man makes a pass at his adult daughter; man beats another man after he touches his young daughter; mild car accident.
Drugs: Man smokes a cigar frequently; several drinking scenes.
Nudity: Mild cleavage; man undresses to underwear/woman takes pants off down to underwear but keeps shirt on and both swim in a lake late at night but nothing is seen.
Other: Young boy talks about "banging chicks" a few times.